Cr8v Soul November Book Club Selection: The World to Come by Dara Horne
Book Club Meeting on Zoom -
Thursday, November 18th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
A million-dollar Chagall is stolen from a museum during a singles' cocktail hour. The unlikely thief, former child prodigy Benjamin Ziskind, is convinced that the painting once hung in his parents' living room. This work of art opens a door through which we discover his family's startling history--from an orphanage in Soviet Russia where Chagall taught to suburban New Jersey and the jungles of Vietnam.
Dara Horn manages to show, through a painting, a family and a history that being able to recognize the real from the forgery is what matters most. The author convincingly includes artist Marc Chagall as an influential character. This multigenerational story contains Jewish history, Yiddish folklore, family history, family saga, artwork, writing, forgeries, Jewish mythology, and more. All of it is meant to show that the world to come is nothing less and nothing more than the world we make, day by day, with our choices and actions. "Everything counts," Ben's mother says. "Don't ever let anyone tell you that you're just rehearsing for your life."
Please join Lark Keeler and me along with friends known and new on Thursday, November 19, 2021 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm for our next meeting.